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HISTORICAL f-V WiMCMMW aigona (Upper IDcs Bionics THft WEATHttft Partly dandy ftan MM aHfhtt, warmer. Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9,1933 —Ten Pages VOL. 31.—NO. 45 FENTON DROWNING VICTIM BURIED; 2 OTHERS SUFFER Kermit Kohlstedt, 21, Loses Life Hunting Ducks in Mud Lake TWO COMPANIONS ESCAPED TRAGEDY dries for Help Misunderstood as Sign of Good •Luck in Hunting Fenton: Kermit Kohlstedt, 21 year old fanner of near Fenton lost his life in Mud Lake last Thursday while litinting ducks from a boat. Two com- -.paniOns, Rheinhold Laabs and Fred . Mortensori, both farmers near Fenton, are still suffering from exposure. Mr. ,, Laabs is fighting off pneumonia and still at a farm house near the accident. Mr. Mortensen was brought home Friday. The men were in their own boat when It started to leak. They threw out the guns and the dog hoping to lessen the load enough, to keep it afloat, but they were forced to follow and managed to cling to the boat for two and one-half hours. Their cries for help were heard but no one heeded them as they thought they were shout- Ing because of their good luck in getting game. A woman from a farm house was first to learn of their distress and summon assistance. Mr. Kohlstedts body sunk before they could be reached. Grappling hooks were brought from Estherville and it was four o'clock before the body wad discovered. The coroner's decision was that his death resulted from a heart stroke due to the shock and exposure as no water was found in his lungs. They had no time to divest their heavy Clothing and were unable to swim. Kermit Kenyon Kohlstedt, youngest eon of William and Mrs. Kohlstedt, was born on the Kohlstedt farm three miles west of Fenton, February 9, 1012. He completed his grade work in the rural school after which he attended the Fenton high school. At the age of 12 years he had a serious attack of jbewna$ism *r°m which lie never com- i-.j. . fi» * ". a^^-* IMPA Alta ,•»•-«•«*•« J t»* ers, Leonard and clarence, ,IWD sisters, Luella of Chicago and Mrs. verna Lo?e- joy "of Baker, Oregon, besides manv relatives and a host of friends. His father, William Kohlntedt. and one sister, Ethel Marie, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. J. T.. Snyder officiating. Burial was made in the Methodist cemetery south of Fenton. Mrs. Charles Lovejoy of Baker, Oregon, and Luella Kohlstedt of Chicago were among those attending the funeral from a distance. Pall bearers were George Menke, Derwood Kern, Arnold Han- tleman, Eldon Hantleman, Art Volgt and Arnold Alderson. AUTO DOOR OPENS SUDDENLY; GRANT WOMAN4S KILLED Mrs, Tony Kollasch, 34, is Fatally Injured Late Saturday Night When the door of the automobile In which she was riding, opened suddenly, Mrs. Tony Kollasch, 34 years old, was plunged to her death from the moving machine, late Saturdya night. Her husband was driving at the time, and the couple were returning from Armstrong. Mrs. Kollasch succumbed early Sunday morning without regaining consciousness. Death was attributed to a fractured skull, the result of her head striking the pavement. Th« bereaved family have the sym- pttthyrfif J*e entire community, where they are .*« known and highly respected. - % Mrs. Kollasch JiJHtrvived by her husband an dfour children two boys and two girls, ranging in age from 8 to IS years. She is also survived by other relatives in the Swea city vicinity including her lather, John Deim and five brothers, Martin, Lawrence, Frank, Gregory and Arthur, and one sister, Mrs. Richard Berg. Funeral services were held In the Sacred Heart church at Ledyard at 8:30, Wednesday morning, Eugene Long Hangs Self in Prison Cell Eugene Long, sentenced recently to the Fort Madison penitentiary on a charge of repltdtlon of tbe offense of driving while drunk, committed suicide by hanging in his cell, NOV. I. When local officials took him from his cell here, and prepared to take him to Fort Madison, he aftld, "I'm not coming out of there alive." That he had made good on h»» promise, prison officials learned when they opened his cell at 8 a. m. & week ago Sterday. A wU twisted, Ofhtly <*. out Ws throat had strangled him. Funeral services were held frqm. th" <S» MoOullough ch&pel tore at 8 t, (SW, with Bev. inrti* the •ernwn. Rufene to WW- two •Bew and » Hundreds Enjoy Pioneer Aspect of Church Jubilee Four Day Celebration Completed Sunday With Eeview of Early Days by Harvey Ingham; Many Visitors ' Return for Seventy-Fifth Anniversary (By Jnn« Cony) The congregational church of Algona completed the four day celebration of Its Diamond Jubilee Sunday afternoon with a program on which Har- Vey Ingham, editor of the Des Moines Register was the principal speaker. Recalling the early hlitory of the church and Its first leader. Father Taylor, Mr. Ingham emphasized the fact that with the zeal, devotion and courage exhibited by those early pioneers the American people can go forward to.progress yet unknown. Mr. mgham was born in Algona and his parents at one time lived where the F. W. Dlngley home now stands. He told of a few incidents which occurred in the early days one of which was the fact that he used to stand and throw stones at the ducks which swam about in the pond where the church now stands. One of Father Taylor's old candlesticks which adorned the altar Sunday recalled another Incident. It seems that the town hall which was used for the first congregational church was also used as a general meeting house. One night a group of young people gathered at the town hall to dance following a church service and asked Father Taylor's permission. Re gave his permission but with a twinkle In his eye said that as long as the candlesticks were his he would take them with him, and proceeded to gather them up, leaving the young folks to dance In the dark. Reviews Early Days Such incidents, Mr. mgham stated, were typical of Father Taylor who came to Algona, the farthest outpost at the time, for the purpose of establishing a church. When Father Taylor came Lewis ,H. Smith was surveying the town. Father Taylok was entertained the first night at the' Judge-.,Asa call home. Later he built a log cabin southeast of the Bryant building, where he and his wife spent the winter, which is known as one of the most severe ever endured in this county. No one visited at the cabin for three months although someone lived on the site of the Dingley home. Mrs. Taylor died that winter, but Fa* ther Taylor never thought of giving up his work. Re had walked to Algona from Fort Dodge and later walked to Dubuque to attend a church conference. Enroute he had to go north to avoid swamps and lakes and found himself in southern Minnesota where he 'held a service for the group of people who had had no church meeting for three months. His purpose, zeal and devotion never faltered. After preacnlng in Algona Father Taylor invariably preached at least two other services every Sunday in neighboring villages or shacks. Only 94 Votes Cast Mr. Ingham dwelt upon the fact that at the time Father Taylor was elected county superintendent 94 votes were cast while today we have about 7000 automobiles registered in the county; the vastness of our paved roads, elaborate schools, railroads and enormous wealth as compared to the early days, and concluded his thought by saying that no two and one-half million people in the same space have made the same progress in the same length of time. Then he turned to the character of the people wondering if a stronger group of. people has been developed along with the better clothes, homes, etc., a people of ingenuity and fortitude such as were the early pioneers who survived the discomforts of poorly built log cabins through whose walls the snow blew in over the beds of the occupants. Mr. Ingham stated that he (Continued on Back Page) High School Youths x Pay for Fun Get Practice Usfag Pitchforks Crime Doesn't Pay! So Several Dozen Hallowe'en Pranksters Find fe>H,*'H — '•— r-* — ^x* "i»^:^^^*^ Two score high school boys found that out, after a Hallowe'en prank which caused more than the ordinary amount of excitement and furore before it was- finally cleaned up. And the ast remark was not meant to be a pun. It seems that in the dark of the night „ week ago Tuesday, while ghosts and goblins were strutting their stuff iiroughout the land, there were strange goings on at the high school. But the ligh school janitor had not dealt these many years with the coming generations for He knows 311C1U- y, when ( # for 18/lt W yfr.it is rlUIJS lUr IJUWmlJS. A*c n»*w..» Jt~;o keep his weather eye peeled^-for rouble. ...••..,-•' He spied a quartette or so of young fellows approaching the high school mildlng. They carried a sign, appropriated from a garage. This they carried into the high school building. The building was unlocked due to a play practice that was being held. The jorridor was dark, and they had successfully planted the sign in the main lall when the janitor switched on the lights and exposed to view several husky football players. They knew when the Jig was up, so they picked up the sigh, without a word, and carried it outside. But they were not baffled, procuring a load of manure, and adding recruits to the ranks they again arrived at the school house and while the Jan- tor watched through a window and identified some of the participants, they dumped the load on the front lawn. But the affair didn't end there. School officials summoned the ring eaders to their office, and laid down an edict. The boys, with good grace, came to school Thursday afternoon at- ;ired in their old clothes and armed with forks. At the conclusion of the Thursday classes, they assembled beside the load of manure and pitched it back into a wagon. And after all is said and done, some of the boys did learn how to handle a pitchfork in the most effective manner. Delinquent Tax Sale Set Here for January The delinquent tax sale, usually held on the first Monday in December, will not be held in Kossuth county until the first Monday in January, it was stated Monday by Maurice Duffy, county treasurer. Governor Clyde Herring recently authorized all county treasurers to delay the sale for one month if they felt it was to the best interests of the county to do so. A majority of counties have postponed their sales as a result. If there are no bidders, the sale, under the law, may be continued from advertised for sale has been offered and a part remains unsold for want of bidders, the treasurer shall adjourn the Beject sale to some day not exceeding two ™< t ,. n ,.sL months from the adjournment, giving *'?•??* due notice. Cooper Farm Sale A farm sale will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Roy Osborn farm, tenanted py p, 0. Cooper, starting at one O'clock. The farm to joeftted Ju# west of tbe bridge on the Bancroft road where Kpssuth Pheasants Better Hufe; Season Opens Hfere Friday ^ « Tyutyt ~»'. i 2i r: j-rr •".a.—-'— *, r F* , > _/#*.**'"Y"'i~~ 8iithT*jrtll open -the 'Sfts ph, , shooting season, Nowio. The'State Pish and Game Commission has announced that thrpfc Rlngneck pheasants, male, will 10 o'clock n'oon 10, 11, 17, 18 permitted between ihd n p. m. on Nov. and 28 in that portion of the (Bounty north of highway 13 Three be take, ale Rlngneck pheasants may between 12 o'clock noon and 5 p. jar south of highway 18 in Kos- sutlj,rc'ounty on Nov. was also stated. 10", 11, 17 and The possession not to exceed two days' bag limit, according to tiie announcement. Hunters are warned to watch for the game management area signs which have been placed at several points in tlie county. These signs do not pvo- hibit hunting on these areas, but permission to tresor.ss or hunt must be granted by the farmer. A written permit from the farmer must be secured. Burt Child Victim of Accident Laid To Rest Thursday Funeral services for perry McDonald, five year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. McDonald, were held Thursday afternoon at the Burt Presbyterian church with Rev. S. H. Aten preaching the funeral sermon, while several hundred friends of the family and relatives, many of them childhood playmates of Perry, paid their respects to the youthful victim of an automobile tragedy which occurred a week ago Tuesday evening. Services were also held at the O. P. McDonald home prior to the church service, interment was in the Burt township cemetery. Pall bearers were Kirby Smith of Burt, Josh Blossom, Jerry Stillman and Luke Linnan of Algona. Mrs. Opal Morrison sang two beautiful selections, one before and the other after the funeral sermon. Brief rites were held at the grave. All seats in the church were occupied and the pulpit was banked with a beautiful array of flowers. Members of the McDonald family were seated in a separate family room in the church during the services. Little Perry succumbed an hour and a half after he was struck by a machine driven by Sarah Neeling of Algona, a. rural school teachers in the Burt vicinity. P. T. A. Meets on Nov. 14 at Titonka unaer wie «w. may u«i BU....I.U™ .,«.. The nt C0uncll of p T A> wiu day to day as long as there are bidders t Tuesdayi Nov . 14 at Titonka. The until the taxes are all paid, It was also followln _ j. ( ne D rogram. pointed out. Orwhenallrea L estate ^^SKlng. 2:30—Greetings, Mrs. Craven, presl- P T A. Mother singers of the .... "The Why of Parent Education," by Mrs. Maydsick of Charles City, state chairman of parent education. 3:45—Discussion. 4:00—Adtournment and tea. New Signs Please we Drrage on we atwvpvtii «u»u w«civ one of the most modern of moving it Intercepts with tfte Lone Rook road, picture theatre' sign displays has been Three head of horses, 88 bead of cattle, installed at the Call Theatre by Manag- 88 hogs and much machinery wlll be er N. 0. Rice, as a special promotion offered. Pull det»ito will be found in a feature for "Take a Chance," the Sun-_^ -,- j *.— jjj ^ pftpflr toy Monday and Tuesday movie. COUNTY AGENT TO HANDLE KOSSUTH CORN-HOG PLANS Mailing List of Farm Operators Being Compiled; Now 80% Complete COOPERATION WILL MEAN EARLY RETURN Application Blanks Expected Some Time This Week, Morrison States Preparations are being made at the County Agent's office to assist Kossuth county farms In the Corn-Hog program. A mailing list of all farm operators in the county is toeing prepared. This will be necessary in sending notices of organization meetings and information on the program when it is ready. Men in every part of the county have given splendid cooperation in preparing lists and over 80 per cent have sent in their list for their school district. Five townships, Riverdale, Sherman, Greenwood, Union and Grant have been corrected and completed lists in on Saturday, Nov. 4, and many other townships only lack one or two school districts. With a total of over 70 per cent corrected and checked to date, it Is hoped that the list may be complete by the last of this week. Farmers Organize Selves It is generally emphasized in the preliminary information that the farmers will set up their own organization for townships and for the county from among the signers of the applications for contracts. However, In the meantime the continued cooperation of folks called upon for some help will aid in speeding up the program and bring so much earlier returns to farmers of Kossuth county and their district. Detailed information on activities for Kossuth county will be put out just as rapidly as official word is received from the state and national administrators. Application blanks were expected some time this week. Announcement of a processing tax of 28 cents a bushel on all .corn to be processed commercially and of loans to " Search for Safe Cracking Pair Centers on Kossuth As Identity Is Revealed Who's Who and What They Do Number six of a Series of Thumb nail Portraits of Kossuth people •were t^. ments in the national corn-hog production adjustment program of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in the past week. While these steps were being taken, Dr. A. G. Black, chief of the corn- hog section, and his staff continued work on final details on the corn-hog program announced October 18 by Secretary Wallace. This will be presented to the corn and hog growing sections as quickly as possible. While it was designed especially for the corn-hog areas, its provisions may be accepted by any farmer anywhere in the United States. Loans at SOc Bushel Loans on the corn warehoused on farms will bear 4 per cent interest and will be made by the Commodity Credit Corporation on the basis of 50 cents a bushel for NO. 2 December corn at Chicago. This means that the actual loan value for a farmer will depend on the prevailing market price differential between Chicago and his local point, and also on the differences in price of No. 2 and other grades of corn. The loans will be in the nature of an advance t° farmers who agree to take part in the corn-hog production control plan, but will not constitute a Hen on benefit payments to be made under this plan. Necessary forms and blank loan agreements are being prepared for immediate distribution to county agricultural agents, The processing tax on corn became effective November 5, the same time as the hog processing tax. It will be collected at point of first processing. ASK ONE MINUTE TRIBUTE ARMISTICE DAY FOR MEMORIAL At 11 a. m. Saturday, Nov. 11, the city fire whistle will blow. All Algona citizens are asked at that time, to reverently turn toward the east and pay a silent tribute of one minute to those who died in the world War. Friday, at 11 a. m., there will be a program at the Algona high school, Supt. O. B. Lalng announces. Rev. M. A. Sjostrand will give a 15 minute talk on world peace, while several other numbers have also been arranged. The general public Is invited, Saturday, Armistice Day, the stores will close in Algona between 11 and 12 a. m., Alf Kresensky of the retail committee has announced. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sposor a float which will parade the downtown section starting at 11 o'clock Saturday morning and also a popuy sale. Immediately following the fire whistle a bugler standing on the post- office corner will blow taps and this I call will be answered by another bugler located at a different point. Plans for this solemn memorial were completed by the American Legion post, meeting Tuesday evening. The annual stag and banquet of the local Legion nost .will be held at the Legion hall, beginning at 7 p. m. All American Legion men and their buddies are welcomed, and all ex*servioe men are invited to attend. Among those planning the program and who will participate In It are joe Lowe, Matt Strelt, Milton Norton, Rev. A- IS- Huea- er and Glen R&ney. To a St. Paul newspaper, the Dispatch, we are indebted for information about Rev. C. Paul Carlson, new pastor of the Algona Presbyterian church. Rev. Carlson, Che story states, defied death in an endeavor to clean up vice conditions that prevailed at Prior Lake, a town where he was preaching while a student at Macalester College, St. Paul. Prior Lake is just far enough away from the Twin Cities so that It is beyond the city jurisdiction; consequently, It provided an ideal spot for resorts of the worst variety. Rev. Carslon, the f tory in the August 4, 1926, issue states, made an appeal from the pulpit to his congregation to stand behind him in an attempt to clean up the dives. A municipal election resulted in the ceating of a woman mayor at Prior Lake, who stood with Rev. Carlson in his views, and the result was a series of raids which made racketeers seek other headquarters than Prior Lake. He was warned at the time that unless he desisted he "would be run out of town." But he wasn't. But Rev. Carlson does not believe all the world is bad; he simply found himself In a community where an abnormal amount of crime was prevalent, and he proceeded to act, with results. He was born Nov. 4, 1903, in Chicago. His folks moved to St. Paul when he was three. He entered the liberal arts college at Macalester from which he graduated in 1927, with one year taken out for work outside of school. He entered the Presbyterian Theological school at Omaha and while attending the seminary preached two years at Menlo, Iowa, and another year at Sharpsburg, commuting 99 miles to the first town and 110 miles to the second every week end. During the summer months he was assistant pastor at Knox Presbyter- Ian church, St. Paul. After leaving the theological school he went to Hayfleld, Iowa, where he aided in a building program, and then was called to Rolfe, iowa, where he was pastor for two years before coming to Algona. —Photo By Peterson Rev. C. P. Carlson His wife, also a Macalester graduate, whom he met in school, is a former school teacher. Mrs. Carlson has traveled throughout Europe. Incidentally, Rev. Carlson plays golf, and likes fishing better than any other recreation. He has been active in young people's work. Among other things, he was almost drowned at a Boy Scout camp, when a small boy, and naturally remembers the occasion vividly, and he also reluctantly discolsed that he was held up one time—returning home from a date. Rev. Carlson Is young, likes Algona and his work, and brings with him a view of applied Christianity and a belief that the old truths can and should be applied to the new order of things Strange Mishap LuVerne: The Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hof of Fredericksburg was brought to LuVerne Tuesday afternoon and laid to rest in the family lot in the LuVerne cemetery. Ethel June, the little 21 months old daughter, suffered a painful and serious accident Tuesday, when she fell and ran a tlnkertoy with which she was playing Into her cheek and upward to the brain. She passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 5. The body was brought to Lu- Verne and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 at the home of her uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hof and interment made in the LuVerne cemetery. County Supervisors Have 6,269 Bushels of Potatoes Ready A far sighted county board of supervisors, taking advantage of a 40 acre ;ract of land whcih was turned back ;o the county, now have the satisfaction of knowing that 6,269 bushels of good, solid Kossuth county potatoes, are stored away for winter use in aid- ng poor families in the county. The potatoes were raised by A. F. 3urran, sometimes called the LuVerne Potato King, on a tract of school land In Sherman township. Mr. Curran was given half of the total crop for his efforts. In addition to the 6,269 bushels now stored away by the supervisors, 1,000 >ushels of potatoes were sold to the Dallas county board at 60 cents a bushel. A total of 1140 bushels of potatoes were raised at the county farm this summer, it was also stated. Has Eye Injured While Blasting Rock Claude Haines, 49, mason, who has worked around Algona for some years, was struck in the right eye last Wednesday afternoon by a niece of blast- d rock while working on the former Alfred Larson farm about 4 miles north of Sexton. Haines was helping blast •dck preparatory to the building of a lew granary when the accident Occurred. He was brought to Alf?ona that >ame evening where everything Is bens done to save the sight of the in- tired eye. Game Was Cancelled The scheduled football game between the Algona Independent! and Austin, Minn. Packers 'vas cancelled, Sunday, when snow and wet grounds changed the minds of the Austin boys. Engineer Talks The 'jounty supervisors were Jn session Tuesday. Allowing of bills and other routine mtaters occupied the board. Supervisors Meet The Kiwanls club propram of last Thursday consisted of a discussion on the history of engineering by H. 14. Smith, county engineer. OWNFOR FUTURE Business Men Feel Need of Bank, Dry Goods Store and Movie Swea City, Nov. 8. Special: Swea My residents have decided that it is veil enough to have a National Recovery act, but that real recovery also calls 'or a little community "push" and as a result plans are now under way for he permanent establishment of a bank, a dry goods store and a movie in that community. Seeing the need of these business places, the Merchants' Associatipn held a meeting last week, elected A. B. Twee- en as president, and held a council f war. Art Pehrson was named vice iresident, clarence Johnson, secretary and treasurer. S. P. Eckholm and Clyde Sanborn nd Victor Nelson were appointed on a committee to investigate the bank ituatlon. On the store group, H. Bowman, R. Bravender and J. August Peterson were named. The movie project was entrusted to Dr. Schrader, C. J. Apple- qulst and Thorwald Dahl. WESLEY ELEVATOR LATEST VICTIM IN Walter Miller, Frank O'Dea Were Arrested Here May 28, Turned Over ; LATER RELEASED BY SIOUX CITY POLICE Letter to Fairmont "Pal" Gives Tip; Six Sheriffs Comb Country Lays Down to Rest; Richard Werner, 75, Succumbs Saturday Friends of Richard Werner, father of Mrs. Andrew Godfredson, were shocked at his sudden passing Saturday, November 3. Mr. Werner had just finished helping with the chores on the Godfredson farm where he has lived the last few years, and had laid down on a couch for a rest from which he never awakened. His death was due to a heart disease called coronary ac- clusion. Richard Werner was born in Germany seventy-six years ago, coming to the United State when about six years of age. He came, with his parents, directly to Iowa to the town of Guttenberg. There he married some time later and lived until the death of his wife In 1927, when he came to Algona and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Godfredson. Three children survive the deceased, Mrs. Andrew Godfredson of Algona, A. H. Werner ol Allison, Iowa, and Mrs. R. H. Harvey of Portland, Oregon. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at Guttenberg and was conducted by members of the Woodman Lodge. Mr. Werner was a member of this lodge for a great number of years. Those from here attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Godfredson, Kenneth Samp and Mrs. Leslie Samp. Flies to California Ledyard: Randolph Canary received a message last Wednesday that his mother was critically ill at her home In California. George Dunn drove him to Des Moines and from there he went by plane to be at her bedside. A man hunt in which the state in- 'estlgators of two states, and the sher- ff's office of three Iowa and two Minnesota counties are involved, centered n Kossuth county this week, as the dentlty of those responsible for a re- ,ent series of safe cracking throughout this section of .the country became known. The hunt led back to Kossuth county as a result of the successful afe cracking job at the Farmers Ele- mtor at Wesley, last Friday. The Whlttemore creamery was entered some time Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, but tbe robbers were frightened away or left before opening the safe. The knobs on the safe had been broken off, and th lock Jammed, when an employee came to work at 6 a. m. Wednesday. Entrance was gained through a window The men wanted are Walter Miller and Frank O'Dea both of Dakota City, Neb. The pair were arrested on the outskirts of Algona by Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser, May 28, when their car was found to contain guns ana am- "'.ori.' They were turned over to j^ptnatnaW3W*rM^ days later wore released from custody. They had previous records of serving .time In the Texas penitentiary. Letter Gives Tip The tip as to the identity of the men who have been keeping sheriff's and police officers in Kossuth, Hancock, Palo Alto and southern Minnesota counties on the jump came from Fairmont, Minn. The two men wrote a etter to a former convict pal at Fairmont, telling him that they were going o pull off three Jobs at Falrmnot. The entire affair was at first thought to have been a joke, but when the Jobs were pulled off on schedule the affair took a different turn. The men who wrote the letter were Miller and O'Dea. The Wesley Farmers cooperative Society elevator was broken into some time Friday, The front door was pried open, and then the combination on the safe was knocked off. The contents of the safe, $165, which included $42.50 In cash, the rest in checks, was taken. The safe was totally wrecked. Had Served Time The two men had served time, a check of records showed, for doing exactly the kind of safe cracking jobs that have hit the local community. Sheriff Montgomery of Palo Alto county was In Algona, Monday conferring with local officers as to ways of stopping the raids. Previous robberies Included the Burt elevator, the O. P. McDonald lumber yard at Burt, the Irvlngtpn elevator, the Swea City elevator and Applequist's grocery at Swea City. The total loot was about $250 at these places. The trail of cracked safes led from Kossuth county into neighboring counties, then into the southern Minnesota territory, and has again led back to Kossuth, where, investigators are now hard at work trying to head off the culprits. Suspect Mallard Thugs of Thilges Job The belief that one of three masked bandits who invaded the farm home of H. F. Gneuple one and a half miles east of Mallard early Saturday morn- Ing, was also responsible for the attack, Oct. 14, on Nick Thilges, was expressed by county officers Tuesday. Hiding Inside the barn door at the Oneuple farm, the bandits seized H. F. Gneuple and his two middle-aged sons, and a cousin, taped their mouths and tied them in a barn loft. They then wont to the house, tied the aged Mrs. Gneuple to a chair, w en t back to the barn and got Mr. Gneuple, and forced him to show them where he had hidden more than $2,000 in Liberty bonds, postal savings and cash, which they stole. The bandit trio held possession of the farm until 3 p. m. Pattersons at Capital Burt: Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Patterson are at Des Moines where they will attend a session of the legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Nels Godfredsen are look- Ing after the work at the Patterson home during their absence. Neighbors Aid Sick Man Burt: Neighbors husked about 40 acres of corn for Ancty Nelson on Tuesday. He is in the University hospital atj Iowa City, where he underwent an operation for mastoids.

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